Tillerson Heads to Russian Federation as Relations Dip Over Syria Attacks


The US military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country's civil war began six years ago.

Factions of the Syrian revolution "view this strike as a turning point in the fight against impunity and as part of the global war on terrorism", the group wrote on social media.

The military strike at Assad's regime might be a first step towards regaining respect to the worldwide resolutions and pushing the global community, USA in the lead, to play its role in putting an end to the Syrian tragedy.

Trudeau said last week that Canada fully supported the us missile strikes on April 7.

"And after that - of course, if we can find people whether they are Syrians or whether they are Russians who are associated with the Syrian military operation, it is in my view wholly appropriate that they should face economic sanction or sanctions of some other kind".

He urged Tehran to use its influence with the Syrian regime "to avoid new attacks, completely eliminate chemical weapons and assure a ceasefire".

In response, the USA fired 59 Tomahawk missiles early Friday at a Syrian military air base American officials believe was used to carry out the attack, the Pentagon said.

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Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven main industrialised countries are meeting in the Italian town of Lucca later on Monday before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flies to Moscow on Tuesday. "I think he has got to explain to us what his long-term goals are".

Russian Federation has rejected accusations that Assad used chemical arms against his own people and has said it will not cut its ties with the Syrian president.

The UK's Foreign Office announced earlier on April 8 Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled his visit to Russian Federation.

The degree of hostility intensified on multiple fronts between the US and its allies, versus Assad and his backers Iran and Russian Federation.

One strike will not change the terrible way Assad treats civilians and will not affect his power, even if it prevents him from using chemical weapons soon.

The G-7 blames Assad's military for a deadly chemical attack last week.

"The lesson, the line that President Trump has drawn here is demonstrated that the United States will not tolerate war crimes of this kind, of any kind, in Syria", Turnbull told reporters.

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"We're not saying that we're the ones who are going to effect that change", McMaster said.

He added that the strike was mainly a message that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can't use chemical weapons without getting a response.

Tillerson's trip comes after an American official said the USA has drawn a preliminary conclusion that Russian Federation knew in advance of the chemical attack - an allegation that heightens already acute tensions between Washington and Moscow.

"Not everyone may like it, but without Moscow and without Tehran there will be no solution for Syria", he said.

Activists and state media said a separate airstrike by the US -led coalition on the northern IS-held village of Hneida killed at least 14 civilians, including children.

Up until the chemical attack, Trump had said Washington would no longer act as the world's guardian, especially if it was not in the interest of the United States. Shortly afterward, officials say the hospital was targeted. Peter Oborne, British journalist and broadcaster, thinks "Theresa May is now at risk of copying Tony Blair" in his poodle-like subservience to the then-U.S. President, George Bush.

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